Belissimo’s charismatic 50-seat roastery-cafe is set inside an old high-ceilinged warehouse, with polished aggregate concrete floors, a long bar and plenty of timber. It’s a space fit for Australia’s highest awarded coffee roaster (Bellissimo has notched up approximately 200 industry awards), and a clear evolution on the warm but industrial looks of its Valley and Bulimba outlets.
The visually impressive roasting area sits behind a glass enclosure, giving the venue a feel similar to a flash brewpub. There’s also a temperature controlled storeroom and a commercial sized kitchen, from which baker Daniel Smyth (ex-Paddock Bakery and Bam Bam Bakehouse) produces breads and pastries for Bellissimo’s entire group of venues.
For coffee, Belissimo’s popular Italian dark roast and Ultimo blends pull through the espresso machine, with a rotating single origin also available. Otherwise, there are pour-over and cold-brew options.
An all-day brunch menu runs from truffle scrambles, fried-egg brekkie burgers and onion bhajis with spinach and poached eggs for the morning trade, to a broccolini salad and a pair of burgers once the afternoon comes around.